Pidgin 2.12 Has Been Released

As you may know, Pidgin is a popular multi-protocol instant messaging client, having support for popular chat services, including Y! Messenger, Steam Chat, Facebook Chat and Jabber.

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The latest version available is Pidgin 2.12, which has been released a while ago, coming with the below changes:

  • Fix an out of bounds memory read in purple_markup_unescape_entity
  • Fix use of uninitialised memory if running non-debug-enabled versions of glib
  • Updated AIM dev and dist ID’s to new ones that were assigned by AOL.
  • TLS certificate verification now uses SHA-256 checksums.
  • Fixed SASL external auth for Freenode.
  • Removed the protocol plugin: MSN, Mxit, MySpaceIM, Yahoo!, Facebook (XMPP)
  • Fixed gnutls certificate validation errors that mainly affected google (Dequis)
  • Replaced instances of with and updated the urls to use https.
  • Fixed issue of messages being silently cut off at 500 characters.

Installation instructions:

In order to successfully install Pidgin on your Ubuntu system, you have to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the pidgin package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/backports
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pidgin

Optional, to remove pidgin, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove pidgin

The installation instructions work on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus and Linux Mint 18.x.

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